Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
(The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Hardcover, 1st, 454 pages
Published February 5th, 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My thoughts…

Once again, what took me so long to read this series? Scarlet is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and I must say I enjoyed Scarlet every bit as much as I enjoyed Cinder, the book and the characters.

Scarlet picks up directly after Cinder left off. Before she can be transported to Lunar along with the evil Queen Levana, Cinder is breaking out of her temporary prison cell. With the help of her new and improved cyborg parts that Dr. Erland has delivered to Cinder she is able to escape. During her escape, she happens to stumble her way into the cell of Carswell Thorne, Captain Thorne, they both escape and become fugitives.

“Kai neared his desk again, seeing that the fugitive's profile had been transferred to the screen. His frown deepened. Perhaps not dangerous, but young and inarguably good-looking. His prison photo showed him flippantly winking at the camera. Kai hated him immediately.”
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

Throne and Cinder are fabulous together, they form a wonderful entertaining friendship, I think Thorne is becoming one of my favorite characters.

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?” “If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet
“When she had gone, Thorne let out a low whistle. “I know, I know. She seems a little”—crossing his eyes, he swirled both fingers around his ears—“but it’s really part of her charm, once you get to know her.”
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

We are introduced to new characters in Scarlet: Scarlet who is searching for her missing grandmother and Wolf who is traveling to Paris along with her, but Wolf has ulterior motives to befriend Scarlet. Along the way all their paths cross as Cinder is also searching for Scarlet’s grandmother. In this book, we get to find out more about Cinder’s past and how she survived in hiding with the help of Scarlet’s grandmother. 
“I know you must want nothing to do with me. I don’t blame you.” Wolf scrunched up his shoulders, and met her with an expression full of regret. “But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet
“Wolf, are you asking me to be … your alpha female?”
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

They all join forces to try to stop Queen Levana from following through with her evil plans to take over the Commonwealth by using Emperor Kai. 

We can’t forget about Cinder’s friend, Iko. Cinder saved Iko’s chip when Cinder’s stepmother disassembled Iko because of her friendship with Cinder. Cinder replaced Throne’s ship control chip with Iko’s chip until Cinder could find an android body for Iko.

“He gaped at the controls. "Why is my ship talking back to me?”
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

“Cinder," Iko said after a few silent minutes of explorations. "I'm enormous.”
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

Marissa Meyer did an excellent job of introducing the new characters and having both fairy-tales entwine within each other, love it. Time to move onto the third book, Cress.

Happy Reading -J 

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review, Jovita. I haven't read this series but I've heard of it for months. Glad that you enjoyed both of them. I'll check it out. :)

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading. :)